2nd Samuel 15

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The Second Book of Samuel

Chapter 16

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And when David was a little past1 the top [of the hill], behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met2 him, with a couple of asses saddled,7 and upon them two hundred [loaves] of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

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And the king said4 unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said,4 The asses [be] for the king's household to ride on;2 and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat;2 and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.2

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And the king said,4 And where [is] thy master's son? And Ziba said4 unto the king, Behold, he abideth6 at Jerusalem: for he said,1 To day shall the house of Israel restore55 me the kingdom of my father.

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Then said4 the king to Ziba, Behold, thine [are] all that [pertained] unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said,4 I humbly beseech98 thee [that] I may find4 grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.

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And when king David came1 to Bahurim, behold, thence came out6 a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name [was] Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth,6 and cursed18 still as he came.2

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And he cast17 stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men [were] on his right hand and on his left.

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And thus said1 Shimei when he cursed,15 Come out,3 come out,3 thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:

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The LORD hath returned52 upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned;1 and the LORD hath delivered4 the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou [art taken] in thy mischief, because thou [art] a bloody man.

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Then said4 Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead5 dog curse17 my lord the king? let me go over,4 I pray thee, and take off55 his head.

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And the king said,4 What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse,17 because the LORD hath said1 unto him, Curse16 David. Who shall then say,4 Wherefore hast thou done1 so?

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And David said4 to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth1 of my bowels, seeketh18 my life: how much more now [may this] Benjamite [do it]? let him alone,54 and let him curse;17 for the LORD hath bidden1 him.

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It may be that the LORD will look4 on mine affliction, 6040 and that the LORD will requite52 me good for his cursing this day.

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And as David and his men went4 by the way, Shimei went along6 on the hill's side over against him, and cursed17 as he went,2 and threw17 stones at him, and cast14 dust.

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And the king, and all the people that [were] with him, came4 weary, and refreshed11 themselves there.

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And Absalom, and all the people the men of Israel, came1 to Jerusalem, and Ahithophel with him.

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And it came to pass, when Hushai the Archite, David's friend, was come1 unto Absalom, that Hushai said4 unto Absalom, God save4 the king, God save4 the king.

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And Absalom said4 to Hushai, [Is] this thy kindness to thy friend? why wentest1 thou not with thy friend?

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And Hushai said4 unto Absalom, Nay; but whom the LORD, and this people, and all the men of Israel, choose,1 his will I be, and with him will I abide.4

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And again, whom should I serve?4 [should I] not [serve] in the presence of his son? as I have served1 in thy father's presence, so will I be in thy presence.

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Then said4 Absalom to Ahithophel, Give3 counsel among you what we shall do.4

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And Ahithophel said4 unto Absalom, Go in3 unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left52 to keep2 the house; and all Israel shall hear1 that thou art abhorred8 of thy father: then shall the hands of all that [are] with thee be strong.1

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So they spread55 Absalom a tent upon the top of the house; and Absalom went in4 unto his father's concubines in the sight of all Israel.

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And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled1 in those days, [was] as if a man had enquired4 at the oracle of God: so [was] all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

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